According to Food Banks Canada, more than 863,000 people access a food bank each month (Food Banks Canada 2016). Thirty-six per cent are children and youth. The NUGSS food bank supports all members of the UNBC community in an effort to increase food security on all UNBC campuses. During non-COVID times, the society maintains a main food bank in its office and four satellite locations at the Prince George campus which are accessible outside of Society business hours, including one in each of the residence buildings, Neyoh and Keyoh. NUGSS also works with UNBC’s regional campuses in Quesnel, Terrace/Prince Rupert and Fort St. John to support food security efforts at those locations.
The society expects increased usage of all food bank locations this fall onwards as UNBC, following all local, provincial, federal and international health and safety guidelines, continues to plan for the increased return of face-to-face classes in September. While NUGSS works in partnership with the Prince George Salvation Army’s Food Service Provider program to help stock its food bank locations at the Prince George campus, there are many staples which must be purchased and supporting students at the regional campuses requires a different method of support, such as gift cards.
NUGSS is collecting clothing, shoes and accessories, household textiles, and small household goods such as kitchen appliances, home decorative items, knick-knacks, toys, games and small electronics for its FUNDrive. The society has set a fundraising goal of $500, and is looking to the community of Prince George for support in meeting, if not exceeding, that goal.
Items can be dropped off at the NUGSS office at the UNBC Prince George campus (room 6-370) during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) until May 25, 2021. If you wish to make a donation outside of regular business hours, your items can be left at the Reciprocity Shelf on the third floor of the NUSC building across from the PGPIRG office.
Please contact NUGSS via phone, 250-960-6427, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you live outside of the Prince George area and would like to support the food bank.